Rockland County Shields

May 2020


                                                                              May 2020

                                                                     PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

  I would like to congratulate this year’s recipients of the annual Rockland County Shields Scholarships. Peg and Bob Varieur work very hard on the Scholarship committee and this year presented challenges, mainly because we could not have our awards dinner/presentation. Thank you Peg, Bob and everyone else that helped make this happen.

I’m also very grateful for our Editor Mark Swammy for gathering all of the info needed for the newsletter without having any physical board meetings or general meetings. Past President Ed Weireter has been preparing the envelopes and labels for the newsletters as well as maintaining our e-mail list and sending out the digital newsletter. Past President and current Historian Jack Coleman has been picking up the printed newsletters, stuffing them and mailing them out to the people who do not have e-mail. Treasurer Joe Cain has been able to find a way to still get the money flowing in and out even with long lines at bank drive-thru windows. These are some dedicated men and women and you all are lucky to have them on the board.

It looks like we are approaching “Phase 1” of the re-opening of Rockland County. I want to remind everyone to be careful and continue to practice social distancing and hand washing as much as possible. We are not out of the woods yet. Thank you to County Executive and Shields member Ed Day for leading us through this and keeping all of our county residents informed during this pandemic. I look forward to when things return to normal and we can have a general membership meeting again. I miss the crowded room with all the chatter and constant “chop breaking”. Hang in there, we will get back together soon enough.


Keith Hansen

“It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop.” -Confucius






​President                     Keith Hansen

1st Vice President      Christian Cortelli

2nd Vice President     Lou Falco III

Treasurer                     Joe Cain

Secretary                      Lynn Hayes

Financial Secretary      Jim Sciacca

1st Sgt. at Arms           Mike Heath

2nd Sgt at Arms           Dennis Dodrill

Editor                             Mark Swammy

Chaplain                        George Albin


Orangetown               Daniel Ryan

Clarkstown                 Gerry O'Connor

Haverstraw                  Manny Figueroa

Stony Point                  Bob Bertrand

Ramapo                        Mike Higgins    

Trustee at Large          Tim Connolly Jr

​Health and Welfare    John Dillon

​Historian                       Jack Coleman

Past President             Ed Weireter